The sun relentlessly beats down on me as I write this post, most of us (people) are enjoying the 3rd mini-heatwave of the year; it’s hard to keep in mind that it’s only Tuesday and a work-day. Everything about today is screaming chill, relax, eat, drink, smile, enjoy and do all of this outdoors. I’m doing my best to comply, after all nature’s driving influence today has reminded me about my favorite design trend for the SS2018 and compelled me to share it with you.
The Spring/Summer season of 2018 will see the emergence of our trend Urban Planet, which has perhaps my favorite color palette for the year. It doesn’t contain my favorite color, but as a collection of colors it’s hard to beat.
The Urban Planet palette has a real pick-me-up look to it, a happy feel. This maybe because it’s essentially a story of metallics and they are always a favorite. Metallics have been are ever present and it seems fitting that they should now have their own trend for this summer season.
This month we have released our SS17 trend; Analogue Workshop. A trend filled with a handcrafted aesthetic and utilitarian approach to design in all sectors including Stationery, Fashion, Kitchenware, Lighting and Furniture Design.
This trend counteracts the constantly updating and ever connected pace of modern life, we begin to reach out for what is grounded; going back to basics. We find beauty in the ordinary, we value simple pleasures and admire slowly acquired skills.
Materials & Product Direction
Products have an experienced craft aesthetic as though they were made lovingly in a small workshop. They are made to last, sometimes retro in style and the use of natural materials boasts their handmade status.
You Make It Mobile by Lindsey Edelman Light, Fog & Morup Jo Hammerborg Lento desk table lamp, Modern Tiles by Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec for Mutina, Leather Hang-up Light by Ted Wood, Leather lamps by Norm Architects, Cushion by Stitch Bird Store on Etsy, Fashion Images – Adeam & Michael Kors
Smooth tan leather provides the keystone of this trend; neatly contrasted stitch, laser-cut and woven leather appears in trims, straps and handles, with joints, rivets and fastenings all proudly on display. In contrast; leather is spliced together with denim, felt, brass and wood.
Color & Pattern Direction
A low key palette of familiar colors are newly appreciated. Indigo, denim blues, grays, cardboard browns and flat neutrals are humble and modest. Intelligent patterns place a studious focus on products; pinstripes, color blocking, graph grids and typographic mathematical equations. We bring back the use of old tools to create this analogue style.
A truly important aspect in this trend; woods are chiseled, scraped and brushed. Lightly aged and tarnished brass appears in unexpected places where beauty is found in the cross over between precision and handmade imperfections. Confident craftsmanship leads to daring structures and simple shapes for a unique and modest design style.
Muto Kitchen, Hand chiseled flooring at Kyoto cafe, Wood Bowls by Hiroyuki Watanab
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We have released our Autumn/Winter 2016/17 Pinterest board; PLAY. This board will give you all the inspiration you need from product styling & pattern trends to color stories, stationery and fun merchandising ideas. A perfect trend for this spring!
This trend is about a yearning for freedom, a desire for community and to build a more sharing society, overall there is a need for life to simply be… more fun!
It’s attitude is rule breaking, it is not afraid to be re-inventive, humorous, playful (escape from the world’s serious issues), interactive, engaging, optimistic and collaborative.
Objects and patterns are organised into bright geometrics and sometimes surreal compositions. There is a mix and match concept with a modern memphis influence, patterns that compliment but also break the rules… Commercial directions see designers combining different elements of color blocking and the mixing of matte and gloss surface effects.
Urban interventions, customisation and personalisation are important elements associated with this trend. Interior products that enable consumer to design their own; for example create their own color ways to match their interior, or products that have a playful element to them such as the cabinet with magnetic shaped pieces.
Links to all images can be found on our PLAY Pinterest Board.
In this short video, Victoria explains some of the more uncommon materials being used at the cutting edge of design to support the continued drive for sustainability in all areas of our lives. Fish skin, old magazines, nuts and even rice …………
Designers across the globe are trying to reduce the ecological effect of their work, architects and interior experts are choosing to look to new realms & frontiers in search of new, sustainable materials.
Some of the surface textures in these materials are very special and they feel beautiful to touch. Through the continued improvement in the management of industry processes (food, fashion etc) these by-products are readily availability and therefore have negligible impact on our environment.
If you’d like to know more about how Trend Intelligence could inform the future of your product development for interiors, email Phil, or call him on )7896088996.
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